Councilmembers Joe Buscaino (CD 15) and Curren Price (CD 9) have put forward a new Street Vending Proposal.
Here are the key elements:
- Street vending will be allowed Citywide from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Vending will be prohibited in residential neighborhoods with the exception of roaming pushcart vendors.
- 2 vendors per block in commercial areas with the consent of the adjacent business or property owner and other protections.
- Ability of neighborhoods to opt-out with some limitations.
- Enforcement by LAPD and Bureau of Engineering is discussed but specifics have not yet been provided.
- A review of this policy within one year.
A copy of the letter outlining their proposal is attached below.
There will be a public hearing on this proposal on Monday, December 12 at 1:00 in Council Chambers.
This is an awful idea.
The argument behind the proposal is that LAPD doesn’t have the resources to shut down the roughly 22k street vendors across the city – so they want to make such operations legal.
What makes the councilmen think they’d have the resources to enforce licenses, permits, etc?
Further, why isn’t the city council standing up for taxpaying businesses that have illegal street vending operations in front of their businesses? Why bother having brick and mortar businesses bother with healh inspections, taxes, etc if the street vendors can skirt these things due to “lack of resources” or some other limp-wristed excuse for not enforcing ordinances already in place.